NPR Story
12:13 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

What Can Obama Do About The Economy?

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 3:40 pm

This Wednesday, almost five years after the financial crisis that stirred the 2009 recession, President Barack Obama will begin a campaign-style journey across the Midwest to focus on the economy.

With Congress deadlocked in partisan strife, what can the president actually do to restart this conversation?

We ask Heidi Moore, is the U.S. finance editor for The Guardian.

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NPR Story
12:13 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Online Buffett Class: A Lesson In Charitable Giving

Sibblings Warren Buffett and Doris Buffett. (Sunshine Lady Foundation Inc.)

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 3:40 pm

Thanks to her younger brother, Warren Buffett, Doris Buffett has a lot of money to give away.

Now, her foundation, Learning by Giving, is partnering with Northeastern University to offer an online course on effective charitable giving.

Giving With Purpose” is a MOOC — a massive open online course — free and open to everyone.

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NPR Story
12:13 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Story By ‘Catch-22’ Author Published For First Time

Author Joseph Heller in his publisher's office in New York City on October 9, 1974. (Jerry Mosey/AP)

Sometime between the late 1940s and early 1950s — before he wrote “Catch-22” — author Joseph Heller wrote a short story called “Almost Like Christmas.”

The story of racism and violence in a small town has most likely never been published, but it will now see the light of day.

“Almost Like Christmas” is being published by The Strand Magazine. Strand’s managing editor Andrew Gulli discovered the work at a library at Brandeis University.

The short story does not feature the humor that came to be Heller’s hallmark.

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Sports
12:11 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Offseason Arrests Raise Questions For NFL

There have been 47 total arrests since the NFL regular season ended on Dec. 29. But is anything being done by the league to address this problem?
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 9:30 am

The offseason is a time of relaxation for NFL players. A time spent away from the field and with family and friends. Unfortunately, this is also a time where players seem to get into more trouble with the law. The arrests of notable players such as Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriot charged with murder, have sparked a flurry of reports regarding a "problem" in the NFL.

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The Salt
11:38 am
Mon July 22, 2013

How An Ethiopian Bean Became The Cinderella Of Coffee

Haleuya Habagaro says she always knew her coffee was exquisite. "When I roast the coffee, people come to ask where that strong fruity smell is coming from."
Gregory Warner NPR

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 10:17 am

As we reported during Coffee Week in April, coffee aficionados pay top dollar for single-origin roasts.

The professional prospectors working for specialty coffee companies will travel far and wide, Marco Polo-style, to discover that next champion bean.

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NPR Story
11:30 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Royal Baby Could Inherit $1 Billion

A British police officer, backdropped by members of the media, stands outside St. Mary's Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London, Monday, July 22, 2013. (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 3:40 pm

Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, are at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. Officials at Buckingham Palace say Kate is in labor.

The new arrival — the couple’s first child — will be third in line for the British throne, after Prince Charles and William.

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NPR Story
11:30 am
Mon July 22, 2013

A Quiet Turn From A Former Punk Rocker

Eef Barzelay of Clem Snide. (Courtesy of the artist)

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 3:40 pm

 

Clem Snide is the musical pen name of Israeli-born singer named Eef Barzelay. He just posted a compilation of songs called “We Leave Only Ashes” on the music website Bandcamp.

Our song of the week is one of those tracks, “We Are Flowers.”

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NPR Story
11:30 am
Mon July 22, 2013

What Is It About 'The Big Lebowski'?

Participants dressed a John Goodman's character Walter Sobchak chat at the 12th annual Lebowski Fest in Louisville, Kentucky. (Joseph Lord/WFPL)

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 3:40 pm

This year marks the 15th anniversary of “The Big Lebowski,” a film that baffled critics and audiences but has spawned perhaps the most loyal cult following of any movie released in recent years.

The epicenter of Lebowksi re-evaluation is Louisville, Kentucky, home of the inaugural Lebowski Fest, a celebration that has brought fans of “The Dude,” as he’s known, together for the last dozen years, and has been replicated across the country.

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Middle East
11:17 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Morsi's Ouster In Egypt: A 'Bookend' For The Arab Spring

In Cairo on July 17, supporters of the ousted president demonstrate for his reinstatement.
Gianluigi Guercia AFP/Getty Images

After covering the Egyptian revolution that overthrew President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, David Kirkpatrick has now been reporting on the military's ouster of Egypt's first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Kirkpatrick, The New York Times' Cairo bureau chief, arrived in Egypt in January 2011, and days later flew to Tunisia to cover the revolution that launched the Arab Spring.

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The Two-Way
10:59 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Missing Lynx? Cat Is On 'Brink Of Extinction,' Study Says

Two Iberian lynxes at a nature reserve in northern Spain. (February 2006 file photo.)
Victor Fraile Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 11:09 am

Already known as "the world's most endangered feline species," the Iberian lynx is headed to extinction in the wild within the next five decades, an international team of researchers warn in the journal Nature Climate Change.

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